Women in Defense Central Florida Chapter (WID CFL) awards scholarships for education in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) every year through contributions from corporations, corporate sponsorship, individuals and fundraising activities. This summer, WID CFL partnered with the STEM camp coordinators of Collegiate Pathways and the University of Central Florida (UCF) Initiatives in STEM to identify deserving sponsorship recipients.
Four students were sponsored to attend Collegiate Pathways Tech Sassy Girlz Gamer Girlz camp which encourages and inspires young ladies to pursue future careers in STEM by teaching fundamentals of programming and game design. Collegiate Pathways Director, Laine Powell, and UCF Professors Anastasia Salter, Amy Giroux and Anne Sullivan hosted the week-long camp in June.

WID CFL Executive Vice President Karen Fray (far right) is joined by Tech Sassy Girlz camp coordinators Laine Powell, Anastasia Salter, Amy Giroux and Anne Sullivan.

One additional student was sponsored to attend CyberCamp at UCF in July. This cybersecurity week-long camp focused on teaching beginner and intermediate computer security techniques including digital forensics, browser security, malware handling, virtualization among other topics. The camp was hosted by UCF in collaboration with the Florida Cyber Alliance.

WID CFL Board Member Lorie Ingraham (center) is joined by CyberCamp coordinators Lee Mangold, Vice President of the Florida Cyber Alliance and Melissa Dagley, Executive Director of UCF iSTEM, Initiatives in STEM.

WID CFL is so pleased to help spark interest in STEM amongst young girls and hope their experience will encourage them to pursue career goals in STEM disciplines. We also hope to establish long term partnerships with these fine STEM outreach organizations!